As part of Rye Country Day School’s “Partners in Art” Initiative, photography students from its Art Department have teamed up with Furniture Sharehouse for the last several years to brighten the homes of our clients with colorful photo prints. Each year in the spring, participating students select a favorite photo from their personal portfolios that they think our clients would enjoy hanging in their living room, kitchen or bedroom. They then print and frame them, all ready for hanging. The students then deliver the framed photos to the warehouse and help hang several prints and arrange the rest in bins for clients to browse and select one to take home.
Furniture Sharehouse has teamed up with the Larchmont Mamaroneck STEM Alliance to create a “Community Build” model that brings together young volunteers and experiences building to build small, attractive kitchen tables for Furniture Sharehouse clients. The Community Build was part of the STEM Alliance’s 2018 and 2019 STEM-Tastic Festivals held at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont. “We are always in need of small kitchen tables”, says Furniture Sharehouse Executive Director, Kate Bialo, “and this Community Build model is a wonderful way to both obtain much-needed small tables while engaging the community and improving awareness for Furniture Sharehouse and it’s mission.”
Architect and woodworker Liam Winters of Mamaroneck donates his design skills, time and expertise to produce the table parts, and local community volunteers with building experience guide middle school student volunteers to assemble the tables in a fun and instructive way.
A grant from the Angelo Donghia Foundation two years in a row provides funds for the project. Thanks to everyone’s combined efforts, many families will now have the perfect kitchen table to share a meal in comfort and style.
Every year since 2007, the Mamaroneck High School Furniture Sharehouse Club has organized a furniture drive in the spring to collect much-needed inventory after the long winters. Students set the date, run the publicity, and staff the Drive, just in time to reap the benefit of everyone’s spring cleaning.
Village Squares Quilters regularly donate some of their beautiful handmade quilts to brighten the lives and homes of our clients. We are fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of their extensive Community Outreach Program, which also provides quilts to children whose mothers are incarcerated, children with long-term disabilities in hospital and rehab facilities, and for residents in nursing homes and hospice care. http://villagesquaresquilters.com